Exoskeletons that amplify physical ability could be available within a decade, thanks largely to work by the the US military.

According to a report in the latest issue of the Assistive Technology Journal, published by AT Network and California Assistive Technology Systems, several technology companies and universities are developing motorized exoskeleton devices that can help people with disabilities.

These devices, such as robotic legs, can assist movement for people with partial paralysis. They could allow some people with disabilities to regain mobility, as long as they have properly formed limbs and some limb function.